Protect sensitive zones with knee sleeves!
Arm sleeves, leg sleeves and knee warmers are reliable accessories for cycling fans - be they mountain bike, road bike or tour bike lovers. These small, lightweight accessories provide effective thermal insulation and complement functional cycling clothing.
Below you will learn about the properties of knee sleeves and what to look out for when buying them, because not all models will be suited to your needs.
Knee sleeves - differences and features
Knee warmers are anatomically-shaped, short sleeves for the knee. They cover a smaller area than arm or leg sleeves and therefore have a different purpose. Whilst arm and leg sleeves can be put on and removed depending on the weather, knee sleeves tend to stay where they are. That's because they're purpose is to permanently protect the sensitive knee joint from getting too cool.
It is generally said that the knees should be covered for longer excursions at temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius in order to prevent future strain injuries. Since it can be pleasant to cycle in shorts even at 10 degrees, you can supplement the shorts with knee sleeves and carry on your tour with no worries.
Important details for knee sleeves are the material, the fit and extras. Most knee sleeves are made of elasticated synthetic blends. Wool provides more warmth, a membrane provides weather protection. You are guaranteed to find the right product for you from manufacturers like Löffler, Endura, Mavic or Pearl Izumi!
The knee sleeves should not be too long, should be tight-fitting but not restrictive and should not pinch when pedaling and most certainly shouldn't slip. Some models have a silicone trim on the hems to prevent slipping. This helps the sleeve stick to the skin and stay in place. Reflectors and articulated models for the left/right knee complete the package.